“Illustration is adding pictures to stories to depict scenes from them. Illumination is decorating each leaf so as to make the turning of each page a joy.”
Frodo nodded at these descriptions. He’d determined to copy out a story from one of Bilbo’s books of tales for Merry for Frodo’s next birthday, and now decided he’d illuminate it.
Bilbo’s tray of colored inks was pressed into use, as were Frodo’s paints.
“My heavens!” exclaimed Menegilda. “He’s made the very letters into trees and flowers, and look at the scrollwork of vines about each page!”
Merry beamed. Love filled these pages.